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PCP Use Disorder

What is PCP?

Overview: PCP is an illegal drug abused for its hallucinogenic effects.


Street Names: Angel Dust, Embalming Fluid, Killer Weedm Rocket Fuel, Supergrass


Looks Like: In its pure form, PCP is a white crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water. However, most PCP on the street is tan/ brown in color, powdery or gummy in consistency, and is typically transported in small foil wraps. PCP is most commonly sold as a poder or liquid, and applied to a leafy materia such as oregano, parsley, mint, or marijuana and then smoked.


Methods of Abuse: Smoked, injected, snorted, taken orally.


Affect on Mind: PCP use often causes a user to feel detached, distant and estranged from his surroundings. Auditory hallucinations and severe mood disorders can occur. In some users, acute anxiety, paranoia and hostility, as well as psychosis can occur.


Affect on Body: Numbness, slurred speech, and loss of coordination can be accompanied by a sense of strength and invulnerability. A blank stare, rapid and involuntary eye movements, and an exaggerated gait are among the more observable effects.


Drugs Causing Similar Effects: PCP's effects are similar to other hallucinogens, such as mescaline and peyote.


Overdose Effects: Longer, more intense "trip" episodes, psychosis and possible death.



*Above information and image below courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration (


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